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Sustainable building is compelling territory for me. Considering today's advanced building technologies, there are no excuses for slap-chop new construction. Building America is a program I am learning more about everyday, as I take time to research their initiatives and understand their goals.  ...
01/04/2010
I never used to think I was much of a 'nerd' per se--- but that's changing. I find myself tuning in to the NY Times Technology section more often than TMZ lately. I'm sure that's due in part to how quickly I see technology effecting my everyday life---and by golly, I'm gonna try at least to stay ...
12/31/2009
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I admit it. I love sports radio. I started out a plain, ol' run of the mill talk radio junkie, but gradually, the only station left on in my car is the sports shows. I attribute this to their entertainment value, only. I love the brash commentary on players, games and life in general. While somed...
12/15/2009
My husband and I have recently lived successfully without cable since early Spring. We got along with the four fuzzy channels left in the wake of the digital changeover and joined Netflicks to offset our addiction to televised entertainment. In that time, I did, however, go to the library monthly...
12/06/2009
Going through my files the other day, I found my Oregon Trust Deed Foreclosure Timeline. And being that I am a new Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) I immediately pulled it out for review. Then I thought---how timely! Wouldn't others appreciate it? So here's a brief rundown. A more form...
12/05/2009
Here's a few interesting things I've recently learned about Short Sales through my accredation with the Certified Distressed Property Expert program: * In a healthy market, 1-3% of all sales are distressed. Today's market you could argue that there may be as many as 1 in 5. (This is certainly tru...
12/03/2009
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What do consumers want? You wonder this often if you work in the Building Industry. And if you do, you probably answered: More square footage for less money. Sure, McMansions are on their way out---but the basic 3000 square foot home is still extremely coveted. In my recent experience, consumers ...
11/30/2009
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Two summers ago I met a couple renting in Bend Oregon who had been evacuated from their own home in California after their pets, children, and then the parents themselves became deathly ill. While I couldn't possibly go into any detail whatsoever on the exact symtomology of the illness' -- suffic...
11/23/2009
A quick post today: Many times I hear people making blanket statements about housing prices. "Oh, the market has fallen 30, 40, 50%. And so, we're going to offer accordingly." First off, my number one response is this: Local market's vary DRAMATICALLY. I didn't realize how true this was until I m...
11/20/2009
According to the "Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009" signed into law November 6 by our President, the First Time Homebuyer Credit is now a very flexible, liberal policy for folks to take advantage of. It makes you wonder if anyone put any thought into the consequences of s...
11/16/2009
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